Etikoppaka products are famous for their Natural colors so these products are completely Eco friendly and Child safe.
Etikoppaka is located on the banks of the River Varaha. The village (named after Koppa Raja Narayana of Yelamanchili Chalukya dynasty (1300-1600AD) is famous for two things.
The Etikoppaka toy making industry has its origin in Nakkapalli, a village next to Koppaka which originally bore the name ‘Laccapalli’. Etikoppaka Toys and Handicrafts are made with wood Ankudu karra (Wrightia tinctoria) and lacquer color and are traditionally know as Etikoppaka Toys or Etikoppaka Handicrafts.
The raw material derived from different parts of various trees or plants is powdered and boiled to form a thick solution till it starts producing lather. The concentrates are then filtered.
The colors and shades depend on various factors such as the temperature at which it is boiled, duration of boiling, quantities of water and raw material boiled.
For instance, to prepare a concentrate of red or orange, one kg seeds of Bixa orenella are mixed with two liters of water and boiled on a small domestic stove for twenty to thirty minutes.
The concentrate is cooled and filtered to mix with lacquer. However, some colors have complex and systematic processes of preparing the concentrate.
The commonly used natural dyes are mostly prepared from local resources. Locally available leaf, bark, seeds, flowers, and skin of fruits are used in preparation of the dyes. Some artisans also procure from Chennai and Bangalore.
The following colors are obtained naturally from the materials mentioned below:
Anar – yellow
Kattha – Brown
Annatto seeds – Yellow
Chavalakundi – Pink
Indigo Crystals – Indigo Blue
Kasim – Black
Lacquering is done on the lathe, hand or machine operated. For making slender and delicate items, the hand lathe is considered suitable.
kids can play with the Etikoppaka toys as the colors used in it does not contain any harmful colors or chemicals and completely child safe.
The process of making the Etikoppaka wooden toys is known as the Turned wood Lacquer craft.
The Artists still follow the same old Traditional methods of making these dolls which was used 200 years back.
Special Instructions :
* Handle with care.
* Clean with soft cloth.